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Famous Javanese Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Javanese poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous javanese poems. These examples illustrate what a famous javanese poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Hikmet, Nazim
...e we're sure to go under!
The waves
leap over my head
 like Bengal tigers.
 leads me on
 like a coffee-colored Javanese whore.
This is no joke -- this is the China Sea... (*)
 *[The deckhand has every right to be afraid.
 The rage of the China Sea is not to be taken lightly. 

Okay, let's keep it short.
What's that?
A rectangular piece of canvas dropped from the air
 into the crows nest.
The canvas
 w...Read More

by Symons, Arthur
...Twitched strings, the clang of metal, beaten drums, 
Dull, shrill, continuous, disquieting: 
And now the stealthy dancer comes 
Undulantly with cat-like steps that cling; 

Smiling between her painted lids a smile, 
Motionless, unintelligible, she twines 
Her fingers into mazy lines, 
The scarves across her fingers twine the while. 

One, two, three, f...Read More

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